THE MILAN THRILLER SERIES
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Milan's DIGOS receive a tip that a sleeper cell of radical Muslim terrorists have received shipments of chemicals from Pakistan to make deadline sarin gas. But they have no names or leads to identify the terrorists. Months of investigation to infiltrate the cell are stymied until they learn that the terrorists are using stolen cell phones to communicate.
Sylvia de Matteo, an American single mother, is taken hostage by terrorists during a political assassination at Milan's central train station. When the terrorists discover Sylvia's father is a Wall Street Investment banker, they demand a ransom.
Milan is one of the most dynamic cities in Europe. It is a fashion capital of the world and the center of Italian commerce, media, publishing, design, higher education, tourism, technology, and culture.
Milan EXPO 2015 contributed to changing the face of Milan. The city now combines its old-style French heritage under Napoleon with futuristic architecture in new corporate and apartment skyscrapers, among them the award-winning Bosco Verticale, a vertical garden covered by trees and bushes on all levels.
Milan has the third-highest GDP of European cities. It is home of the Italian Stock Exchange and the headquarters for international banking and finance.
The city bustles with activity at all times of the year, but it reaches fever pitch during Fashion Week and Design Week, when guests from all over the world arrive in Milan to enjoy the events.
Culture and history are also major attractions for the more than 8 million tourists who visit the city every year. La Scala Opera House; Brera Pinacoteca; the Duomo, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world; Arco della Pace; Castello Sforzesco; the Navigli Canals; and the magnificent mural of "The Last Supper" at the Santa Maria delle Grazie, painted by Leonardo da Vinci when he lived in Milan in the 16th century.